오늘 혼자 P2P 버스를 탔다.
I am grateful for a change in the grueling Manila commuting experience!
I had to go to Katipunan today so I rode the P2P bus from Glorietta 5 to Trinoma. I love commuting abroad so I was curious to see how the P2P experience compares.
I tried reading about the P2P fares and routes online but the data did not seem to be updated. The conductress was kind enough to answer my questions since there wasn’t any info available at the stop either.
I initially sat on the second to the last row, but moved one row forward as the chair was too high for my 5’2″ frame and I didn’t want to spend the whole trip with my legs dangling from the seat.
The journey from the time I boarded the bus until I got off at Trinoma was an hour and a half: two times more than a commute via UberX. The extra 40 minutes were spent waiting for the appointed time for the bus to leave Glorietta 5 plus an extra 20-minute waiting time at Megamall.
25 pesos was worth it though – the bus was very clean and had enough breathing room to sit back and relax without having to be paranoid about sitting next to a pickpocket. The aircon above the seats weren’t there for props either!
The best thing about the whole experience was that sitting on an elevated seat allowed me to see the outside world from a different perspective — I saw the tops of cars, roads of subdivisions, and I also saw what people were doing while stuck in traffic (a majority of front-seat passengers were sleeping, some were texting, others were staring back at me).
I think I’ll stick to UberX for now since long waits make me dizzy and my final end point was really Katipunan, not Trinoma. I had to take an Uber once I got off at Trinoma – which added more waiting time to my commute.
단 if P2P becomes the norm in the coming years and adds routes to my end point, I’d be willing to endure the dizziness and the waiting time if it means spending 4 times less than an UberX trip.
항샇 건강하고 행복하세요! ~